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No one does quirky quite like the British. From the inseparability of Gilbert and George to the verve of Vivienne Westwood, there’s a certain kind of idiosyncrasy that the UK does best. And so it is at Queens Gate Gardens. A large two bedroom flat filled with antiques, in a grand Kensington mansion, at first glance it’s as traditional as can be.
Look again, however, and you’ll notice that Queens Gate Gardens ripples with wry humour. The exaggeratedly gilded picture frames, the delicious nudes, the statues guarding the entrance to the grand dining room; here’s an Englishman’s home that’s not so much a castle as a historian’s playground.
Your hosts are a pair of writers who, like many of the British aristocracy, divide their time between their London home and a residence in the countryside. Your host enjoys a certain authority on upper crust life, having penned a book on the Debrett Season. So whether you know your napkins from your serviettes, or you’d just like to, here’s the perfect place to learn.
The hallway of Queens Gate Gardens is like that of a country house in miniature. Lined with oil paintings, books and curious antiques, it runs straight down to the grand dining room, with its imposing portraits and, atop the polished table, a gleaming silver candelabra. Continue past a pair of statues to the sitting room, with its deep sofas, duck egg blue walls and doors that open out onto the garden.
You may prefer to stay in and admire the watercolours, but on warm summer nights a pre-dinner drink on the quiet patio is pleasure distilled. There’s another private patio off the cosy master bedroom, and a ritzily luxurious en suite. There’s a guest double next door with a further en suite, and of course, you’ll find both beds made up with cool, crisp white linen.
Town and country
The British do love to be among the fields and hedgerows. If you’re yearning for a little greenery, you’re very close to Hyde Park. Your local department stores are Harrods and Harvey Nichols, while for food shopping, you’ve the largest Whole Foods in Europe. And since you’re already in zone 1, the rest of central London is very close indeed.
The rates in the table below are guide prices and may differ from the actual prices quoted to you upon enquiry.
To achieve the maximum guests in some apartments extra configurations will apply at an extra cost. Please keep this in mind when making an enquiry.
Rates at this property are considerably higher during peak seasons and special London events e.g. Summer, Christmas/ New Year, World Holidays, etc. Please keep this in mind when making an enquiry for stays across these dates. If unsure please confirm with your agent.
The home is on the lower ground floor and access to the front door is down some stairs assisted by a banister.
This well loved home shows some signs of wear and tear.
One of the showers in this home is rather temperamental but following the correct instruction does work.
The water piping and heating system in the master bedroom is prone to making some noise. Light sleepers may find this an issue.
This home doesn’t have air conditioning. Between June and September, we’ll place fans in each bedroom. Please let us know if you’d like fans outside the summer period.
There will be scaffolding on the exterior of the home from October until November while the exterior of the home is being redecorated. However, there will be no active construction.
The lead guest must be at least 25 years of age.
For our Standard and Flexible cancellation policies please see below. Some homes’ cancellation terms differ, and where our standard rates do not apply it is mentioned in the Policies section on the home listing page. Our Agents will make sure you’re aware of the home’s cancellation policy when you book.
Standard & flexible cancellation policies
We offer two different rates. If you’d like to change or cancel any aspect of your stay, a flexible rate is available for purchase at the time of booking. Otherwise, standard rates apply.
Standard rate cancellation policy
For bookings made more than 7 days before guests arrive, we offer a 24-hour period from the time of booking during which you can cancel and receive a full refund.
After the 24-hour period, we refund 50% of the booking value, up to 14 days before guests arrive. If you cancel within 14 days of arrival, the booking is non-refundable.
Bookings made within 7 days of arrival are non-refundable.
Flexible rate cancellation policy
Available for purchase on bookings less than $15k / £10k / €12.5k
If you’ve selected the flexible rate you can cancel your booking fully, or make one partial cancellation, at any point up to 48 hours before the start of the stay and receive a full refund, less the flexible fee.
Within 48 hours of the start of the stay, we cannot refund the booking.
For more details on home policies, please read the London FAQ’s by clicking here.
Terms & Conditions
We offer an unprecedented level of service for stays in the finest homes. If you’ve never experienced onefinestay before, we recommend you read this to get familiar. And, as you’ll hear, we’re always available to answer any questions you have.
You can read our cancellation policy in full above.
We carefully clean and prepare each home before you arrive and after you depart, and we’ll clean weekly during your stay. More frequent Housekeeping services can be arranged on request, subject to availability and a charge (see 4. Extra services).
As part of booking with onefinestay, our guests agree to report any accidents or damage. When you arrive we secure a £1,000 hold on your credit or debit card (see 25. Pre-authorisation), and we do a thorough check of the home after each stay. If we do find damage, we’ll get in touch with you.
We can arrange additional services to make your journey and stay with us in London exceptional. Find out more here.
Guest Services team
Unlike all those home-booking platforms, we have a local Guest Services team in London, available by phone or email 24/7 during your stay. Reach us on +44 20 3588 0600 or email@example.com
Our Housekeeping team traverse London cleaning and preparing homes before and after stays. We’ll clean weekly during your stay, and more frequent Housekeeping services can be arranged on request, subject to availability and a charge (see 4. Extra services).
You’ll get two sets of keys from your Meet & Greeter, along with instructions on locking up when you go out.
The lead guest must be at least 25 years of age.
We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express, and bank transfers for stays with at least 7 days’ notice.
Our Travel Advisors know our cities and neighbourhoods back-to-front, and they’re available around the clock to help you find a home that suits.
Each home listed with onefinestay is unique, and belongs to a onefinestay homeowner – whether they live there most of the year or for just a few weeks.
We’ve visited each home in person to take accurate photographs, detailed room configurations and home truths, so you can book with the same confidence you have in the best hotel brands. Our Travel Advisors are available 24/7 to help you choose a home that suits.
London’s weather is mild and most homeowners choose not to install air-conditioning. The majority of onefinestay homes in London do not have A/C, however between June and September we place fans in each bedroom for your comfort.
Bathroom electrical sockets
Many visitors to London find themselves, hairdryer in hand, searching fruitlessly for an electrical socket in the bathroom. Forgetful architects are not to blame – in fact British building regulations prohibit electrical sockets in bathrooms for safety reasons. We’ve provided hairdryers with extra long leads for your convenience.
Hobs & kettles
One of the quirks that often surprise visitors to London – in Britain the word ‘hob’ describes a ‘cooktop’, ‘stove top’ or ‘hotplate’. Most kettles in Britain are electric and need to be plugged in via the plastic base – never placed on the hob.
Because every onefinestay home is unique, we highlight any ‘home truths’ on the listing and make sure you’re aware of them when you book.
When you arrive you’ll be given a copy of the House Rules, requests made by the homeowner, that we ask all guests to abide by when they’re in the home.
For security reasons, we show only the approximate location of homes on our website. You’ll be provided with the full address (along with detailed directions) once your booking has been confirmed.
Guests are not permitted to smoke inside any onefinestay home.
Stairs and accessibility
If you’re travelling with young or elderly guests, it’s important to make sure any accessibility needs are discussed with your onefinestay Travel Advisor before you book. Most onefinestay homes in London have at least a few steps, and many have internal stairs without elevators.
When we’re readying a home for your stay we seal off some drawers, cupboards and (in some cases) spare rooms, for storing away the homeowners’ personal effects. Your Meet & Greeter will point out these places which are sealed with red ‘tamper-tape’, and we ask that you respect these private areas during your stay. Of course, we make sure there is plenty of storage space available for your things.
Your arrival to London
Travelling to an address in a city you’re not familiar with can be daunting. While onefinestay doesn’t have a hotel front desk or a big flashy sign, we have put a lot of thought and care into making your arrival as seamless as possible. And we’re always available at +44 20 3588 0600 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Check-in and check-out
We’ll meet you at the home at your convenience any time after 4pm on your arrival date, and our standard check-out time is 11am. Early check-in and late check-out can be arranged in advance with your onefinestay Travel Advisor, subject to availability and a charge. At the end of your stay, checking out is simple – you’ll have instructions on locking up and safely depositing keys (you don’t need to meet anyone from our team) and we’ll arrive later in the day to clean and prepare for the homeowner’s return.
I.D. check and card authorisation
We’ll check the lead guest’s I.D. and secure a £1,000 hold on a matching credit or debit card which will be released once we confirm no damage was caused during your stay (see 25. Pre-authorisation for more details).
If you are arriving between 12.30pm–4pm, you can choose to drop your bags at the home. We’ll arrange for your Meet & Greeter to welcome you, however please be aware that the home will not be available until check-in at 4pm. If you’re arriving much earlier, or you’d prefer not to carry your luggage from the airport, we highly recommend using our partners AirPortr. You can find more information here.
Meet & greet
One of our Meet & Greeters will be at the home to welcome you. If you’re going to be running late or early, please let us know as soon as you can so that we can reschedule your arrival appointment.
When you arrive we secure a £1,000 hold on your credit or debit card. The amount is held by your bank until we confirm that no damage was caused during your stay. We will release the hold within five days after your departure, but it can take your bank longer to process the request from the credit or debit card company. If you do damage anything it’s always best to let us know before you leave. And once you depart, if we find any damage, we’ll get in touch immediately.
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